A New York federal appeals court says authorities may have gone too far in their search of an ex-convict's computer.
The court said an exploratory search of the computer's hard drive poses an "enormous" potential for privacy violations.
The court says advances in technology have made the computer hard drive similar to a residence in terms of how much private information it may contain.
The ruling came in a case before a federal judge in Albany. The judge must now reconsider whether computer evidence can be used in the case.
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